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Carbondale PD patrolling for drunk drivers over holiday season

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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

The Carbondale Police Department is looking for drunk drivers over the holiday season as part of a special year-end "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement.

Too often, police say drivers take to the roads after drinking at holiday celebrations.

In 2015, 35,092 people in the United States were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 29 percent (10,265) died in crashes where the driver had a blood alcohol concentration over the limit of .08.

"Beginning Dec. 16 and continuing into the New Year, motorists will see stepped-up enforcement to watch for anyone who is driving impaired, distracted or without a seat belt," said Sgt. Amber Ronketto. "We are helping Illinois drive zero fatalities to reality, so we will have zero tolerance for drunk and drug-impaired driving this holiday season."

Drunk or drug-impaired driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver's license, are charged higher insurance rates and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off work.

The Carbondale PD offers the following tips to stay safe on the road this holiday season:

  • If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Arrange for a safe ride home or designate a sober driver you start the party.
  • If you become intoxicated or drug-impaired, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home or help them arrange a safe way home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone's life.
  • Buckle your seat belt, regardless of where you are seated. By law, all occupants, in all seating positions, must wear their seat belt.

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